Comparing Ortega's Save For Manchester City vs Spurs to Emi Martinez's 2022 World Cup Heroics

Comparing Ortega's Save For Manchester City vs Spurs to Emi Martinez's 2022 World Cup Heroics

Joel Reyes
updated at May 15, 2024 at 6:47 AM
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  • Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table with Tuesday's win over Tottenham
  • Stefan Ortega helped preserve City's victory with an incredible save in the 86th minute of the match
  • His save against Son Heung-min has been compared to Emi Martinez's efforts in the World Cup final

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Not all saves are created equal.

Stefan Ortega's late heroics against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday will live long in the memory of Manchester City fans, especially if they win their fourth straight Premier League title this weekend.

Sports Brief has compared the City keeper's incredible save against Son Heung-min on May 14 to Martinez's late stop versus Kolo Muani in the 2022 World Cup Final against France.

Emiliano Martinez, Stefan Ortega, Kolo Muani, Son Heung-min, Argentina, France, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur
Emi Martinez saves Kolo Muani's attempt in extra time in the 2022 World Cup final; Stefan Ortega in action vs. Tottenham on May 14, 2024. Images: Julian Finney/ Justin Setterfield.
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Ortega rescues City with incredible Son save

The Premier League title race was hanging in the balance as Manchester City's match vs Tottenham entered the closing stages.

The defending champions held a precarious 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Erling Haaland in the 51st minute.

A late equaliser by Spurs in the second half, however, would put Arsenal back in the driver's seat ahead of the league's final day this coming weekend.

It didn't help matters for City that they were forced into a goalkeeping change in the second half. Ederson had to be replaced after colliding with Tottenham's Cristian Romero at the foot of his post.

Guardiola inserted Stefan Ortega in place of Ederson, who had a problem with his eye following the blow to his head, per the BBC.

That decision may well have saved Man City's Premier League title campaign as the German goalkeeper produced one of the biggest stops in the club's history in the latter stages of the second half.

Son Heung-min had an excellent opportunity to tie the match at 1-1 after finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Ortega following a great solo run.

City feared the worst as Son struck his shot attempt, including manager Pep Guardiola, who threw himself in his back as he awaited the South Korean's effort.

Ortega stood tall, though, as he cemented his status as one of the club's legends with his heroic save. He waited for the Spurs captain to make the first move, staying strong on his feet as he made himself big in front of the goal.

The German shot-stopper was as cool as a cucumber when Son targeted the far post for his shot attempt, stretching out his right leg to deny Spurs the equaliser.

Guardiola praised the substitute goalkeeper after the match, describing Ortega as world-class and exceptional. He added that Arsenal would be Premier League champions if not for his crucial save.

Martinez's World Cup Final save rescues Argentina

Argentina winning their third World Cup title in Qatar back in 2022 wouldn't have been possible without the heroics of Emiliano Martinez late in extra time in the final against France.

Momentum was with Les Bleus heading into the closing stages of extra time after Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty in the 118th minute to tie the match at 3-3.

The Frenchmen were in no mood to settle for penalties as they launched one final attack to win the World Cup once and for all in extra time.

The world stopped for Argentina and the millions of their supporters as Kolo Muani found himself in a one-on-one situation with Martinez in the dying seconds of extra time.

The Argentinian goalkeeper stepped up big time, though, for his country, keeping the match somehow tied by saving Muani's shot attempt with his outstretched leg, per The Guardian.

The rest, as they say, is history - with Argentina beating France in the resulting penalty shootout to claim another World Cup trophy.

Arsenal fans blast Son after Spurs loss

Sports Brief also previously reported on Arsenal fans blasting Son Heung-min following Tottenham's loss to Manchester City.

The South Korean forward missed a glorious opportunity to tie the match in the 86th minute, with Ortega making a crucial deflect.

Gunners supporters claimed on social media that Son had not wanted to help Arsenal in their bid to win the Premier League title.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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